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DPWH Undersecretary Emil Sadain together with Project Director Virgilio C. Castillo of UPMO Roads Management Cluster 1 during a recent inspection of the two mega bridge projects crossing Pasig River | Photo from DPWH

Construction work for the Estrella-Pantaleon Bridge and Binondo-Intramuros Bridge is right on schedule with completion eyed in December 2020 and March 2021, respectively, according to the Department of Public Works and Highways.

Based on the report of Public Works undersecretary for Unified Project Management Office Operations and Technical Services Emil K. Sadain, the Estrella-Pantaleon Bridge is now 56% complete and Binondo-Intramuros Bridge 36% complete.

Pouring of foundation for abutment is continuously being undertaken for the Estrella-Pantaleon Bridge, while piling of works for the foundation of Binondo-Intramuros Bridge’s Binondo side downramp is ongoing. By September, the steel bridging frame for the Binondo-Intramuros bridge will be installed.

The 506-meter Estrella-Pantaleon Bridge connecting Estrella, Makati City to Barangka Drive and the 680-meter Binondo-Intramuros Bridge connecting Intramuros (at Solana Street and Riverside Drive) and Binondo (at San Fernando Bridge) with a viaduct structure over Estero de Binondo are two future iconic bridges being built at a cost of P4.85 billion, financed by a grant from China.

When completed, the two bridges will augment 30 existing ones across Pasig River, Marikina River and Manggahan Floodway and will ease traffic along EDSA and other major roads in Metro Manila.

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